Higher Education Internationalisation Policy and Home Student Populations

Helen Cunningham (Lead / Corresponding author), Keith Topping, Susan Levy

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Policies on internationalisation exist in Higher Education around the world, but no literature is currently available which draws together scholarly responses to these policies. This study reviews responses to internationalisation policy for ‘Home’ students (as opposed to international students) in Higher Education Institutions globally. A systematic literature search was conducted to identify internationalisation policy responses which focused on practice impacting specifically on ‘home’ students. Eighteen peer reviewed sources were selected for analysis. Key themes were purpose, collaboration, implementation and defining success. Conclusions centred around the need for clarity in policy objectives, means of measuring policy success, and the risks of perpetuating dominant paradigms of inequality. Recommendations for policymakers are for clarity in the purposes of internationalisation, for alignment between national and institutional policies and student experience, and for policy outcomes to be measurable.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Early online date9 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2024


  • Internationalisation
  • home students
  • curriculum internationalisation
  • Higher Education
  • policy
  • systematic literature review


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